Redwood Empire Whiskey
John Muir once said "in every walk with nature, one receives far more than he seeks." Northern California is a unique place, one of the few in the world where Giant Redwood trees grow. A place of inspiration and renewal. A place that happens to be perfect for producing sublime whiskey. Aging barrels here allows for a slow and even extraction of flavor, producing a whiskey of exceptional balance and complexity. Taste what our Redwood Empire inspires. DRINK AMONG GIANTS.
The famed "Redwood Empire" stretches from San Francisco to Humboldt Bay and on to the Oregon border. It is a rugged, sparsely populated area still dominated by forest, from the protected groves of Muir Woods to the massive forests of the Humboldt Redwoods. Nestled among this wooded wonderland is Redwood Empire Distilling in Graton, CA, where it's been making craft spirits in West County Sonoma since opening in 2014.
The area North of San Francisco has of course become synonymous with quality wine and beer, but the region is currently hard at work in making its name within the spirits game as well. The same cool climate that helps grapes slowly ripen in the summer makes it a perfect place to produce outstanding whiskey. Aging barrels in Sonoma's moderate climate allows for a slow and even flavor extraction, creating exceptional balance and complexity. Our custom-built micro-column still allows the team to extract extra "heads" during distillation, yielding smooth tasting whiskeys. The small distilling team of four people, led by head distiller Jeff Duckhorn, is hands-on in every step of the production process, from distilling to blending.
Each Redwood Empire whiskey is named for a specific and notable tree from the woods protected by our US National Parks System. All three whiskeys are select blends of aged whiskeys between three and 12 years and are showcased in striking new labels that feature quotes from John Muir.
For Derek and the rest of the team at Redwood Empire Distilling living and working among the redwoods has been a constant reminder of what trees do for the planet's environment. Accordingly, they have partnered with Trees for the Future (TFTF), a NGO responsible for planting over 170 million trees since 1989. TFTF trains farmers to plant and manage Forest Gardens that help them sustainably feed their families, raise their incomes and end deforestation. The cause resonates strongly with the character of Redwood Empire Whiskey, which led to the company announcing that for each bottle of Redwood Empire Whiskey purchased, TFTF will plant a tree.
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